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Poster: BataviaSparky Date: Oct 26, 2010 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

Back in the days when we traveled to see Grateful Dead concerts, myself and my 'crew' made it a point to check out the cities we were in, rather than living solely on Shakedown Street, Anytown, USA.
Atlanta I found to have a really nice flavor. It was a good clean city with wide streets and sharp modern architecture. The capital building is a mini museum and the Coca-Cola plant was a cool tour during the uneventful afternoons. Also went to a restaurant on the top floor of some building that rotated. Neat stuff.
I have lots of other stories about cool 'non-Dead' things we did and discovered on our little jaunts, but I'd like to hear yours.
BTW- was never really a whole tour type of guy and most of my pals weren;t either, so we'd hit a 2 or 3 city run, 6.7. maybe 8 shows, then head home till next time.

My favorite cities to see Dead were; Memphis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta. Of course I didn't see em in all cities!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 26, 2010 1:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

Running around downtown Boulder in between Red Rock shows was exceptional (also, coming up and over Black Bear Pass into Telluride in a 74 GMC Jimmy doesn't suck either).

Wigging in Harvard Square after Boston Garden shows was always WAY too much fun, then cruising to the waterfront and Fanueil Hall (although wigging on the T had many significant drawbacks).

On the flip side I'd have to say the shows I saw at Brendan Byrne had the least amount of enjoyable activities not directly involving the shows. This includes coming up and over a footbridge on some wicked blotter just as a horde of Giants fans come streaming over the bridge in the opposite direction. Yay.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Oct 26, 2010 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

wigging.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 26, 2010 2:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

some terms just kind of stick with you.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Oct 26, 2010 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

I'm really sorry I never made it to Red Rocks. We never did go that far afield as when living in S.F all the shows were within a 50-60 mile radious. Spartan Stadium San Jose, the furthest north would have been Sacramento and of course all the Oakland, Orphium, Warfeild, assorted free gigs but no caravaning to some far off state. What we used to do was save up for the main stash at the New Years shows, and have the time to remember......LW

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

B'ham, Ala. : A headful of silly and a bellyful of ribs!

TOOTMO

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 27, 2010 3:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

living in the bay area they played more shows than i could afford to go to. I went anyway.

I do however love it when my work sends me places for training. I'm kind of sick of Seattle but the food is great. Nashville last year was a nice treat. Hope to make it to Beantown next year.

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Poster: BataviaSparky Date: Oct 26, 2010 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

I'm forced to ignore Cliff Hucker and his negativity-is he serious? I cannot tell.

Can relate to the heads overrunning the small cities. Milwaukee 89- we could not find any food on Sunday morning! Subway RAN OUT OF FOOD! This greek family restaurant RAN OUT OF FOOD! It was unreal. That city still wonders what hit 'em on that weekend in spring, 1989. Needless to say, the Grateful Dead never played Milwaukee again (to my knowledge), although I think maybe Garcia did a solo at the Bradley Center? IDK.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 27, 2010 6:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

I am serious: I never drove ANYWHERE that meant I had to sleep other than where I was normally sleeping to see anyone, musically speaking. And if the venue had been in my own backyard, I woulda been right there with those fire hosing lowlifes off my front lawn. If I had one.

Where were we?

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Poster: diablosandwich Date: Oct 26, 2010 8:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

Lighten up Francis

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 26, 2010 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Expanding your horizons with the Dead

I found it rather unpleasant being in the same cities and towns while the Grateful Dead were performing; municipalities filled with filthy heads stinking from patchouli and body odor. I felt compelled to distance myself from the unwashed masses of degenerates while touring. Naturally it was much easier to avoid the pan-handlers and other Dead Head vermin in the larger cities. Heads would literally overrun smaller towns like Hampton or Saratoga.

One exception was being in Paris for business during October of 1990. I actually woke up in the city of lights on 10/27/90 with tickets to that evening's show, and for the following night as well. I dont regret heading home that morning and bailing on those shows...